Friday, September 23, 2016

The Firsts & Forever Series Continues

Since I'm often asked how many books I'm planning to write in the Firsts & Forever Series, I thought I should talk about that here on my blog.

There's no set number to the series, no plan I'm working from that tells me: X number of books by so-and-so date, with these main characters. Instead, the series has evolved organically, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

With each new book, supporting characters step out of the shadows and call not only to me, but to my readers. It's always pretty obvious who's jumping out at you guys and who'll be the main character in future books, because I get flooded with emails and private messages that say, "Will this guy get a story?" or "I need to know what happens with this character!" It's almost always the same characters that are yelling at me to write them, so it works out pretty well. :)

It amazes me, the way the Firsts and Forever Series has taken on a life of its own. I wrote Way Off Plan (Jamie's story) in 2012 with a vague hope that it would evolve into a series, but I was a very new writer back then and didn't have any real clue about what it took to build a series. So, I did what I continue to do to this day: I let the characters guide me. It's worked out remarkably well.

So, how long will I keep the series going? As long as writing it remains a joy for me, and as long as the books continue to be successful. I'm really lucky. Every book in the series has done as well as, or better than, the books before it, and all have reached the top spots in gay fiction and gay romance on Amazon. I don't mention that as a, "Yay me," but to illustrate my point that the series is alive and well, so ending it would make no sense. It would be like cancelling a popular TV show "just because."

Even now, four years down the road, I'm excited to write this series and these characters, and I have so many plans for our Firsts and Forever family (and that's what they feel like to me, after all this time). I'm currently writing the 13th book in the series and thoroughly enjoying the process! It's Sawyer and Alastair's story, and it's tentatively entitled Worlds Away. I'm hoping to release it before the end of the year. I'm also planning on a novella told from Dante's perspective, which wraps up the arson investigation that began in The Distance (Jessie's story, book 11). It should also be out this year.

Are some readers going to burn out after 13+ books? Sure, it's inevitable. But new readers keep discovering the series all the time, and I have a loyal reader base that keeps asking for more (I'm so incredibly grateful for every single one of you)! For those readers, and for me, this series will live on well into the future. <3

Friday, September 16, 2016

Looking Ahead to GRL

Next month, I'll be attending my second GRL (Gay Romance Literture) Retreat. I talk about this in a blog post at Prism Book Alliance, which you can find here. To those of you I'll get to meet in person, and to the friends I've made online: thank you. Your friendship and support mean the world to me!

Book of the Month!!

Thank you to everyone who voted and made Who I Used to Be Book of the Month at Open Skye Book Reviews!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Thank you!!

Who I Used to Be reached the number one spot in Gay Romance on Amazon, thanks to you, my wonderful readers! With every book, I'm amazed all over again by the ongoing support and enthusiasm for this series. These characters mean the world to me. After all these years, they feel like family! And because the series is still going stronger than ever, that means we won't have to say goodbye to them anytime soon. I'm so grateful for that! <3

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Who I Used to Be is LIVE!!!!

I'm absolutely thrilled to announce that Who I Used to Be is live on Amazon and Smashwords, as of right now! Zachary's story was a labor of love, and I sincerely hope you enjoy it! <3

Friday, July 22, 2016

Cover Reveal & Excerpt!

I'm in the home stretch of writing Zachary's book, which is called Who I Used to Be. It should be out in just a couple weeks, stay tuned for more information! Today, Bike Book Reviews is hosting a cover reveal and exclusive excerpt from the book, which also reveals Zachary's love interest. You can find the post here. Be sure to leave a comment at Bike Book to enter the drawing for a $20 Amazon gift card, a copy of Over the Rainbow, copies of both my audiobooks, and an ebook copy of Who I Used to Be, delivered on the day it goes live on Amazon!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Over the Rainbow Now Available!

I'm so proud to be a part of this anthology! 100% of the $4.99 purchase price goes to the GoFundMe campaign for the Orlando shooting victims and their families. My contribution is a funny short story featuring Dante and Charlie from my Firsts & Forever series, available exclusively in this anthology. It's just one of thirty uplifting stories from authors all around the world.

It's available now at eXtasy Books. The publisher so generously agreed to waive all their fees, ensuring that every penny goes to this vitally important cause. <3